Skip to ContentSkip to Navigation
About us Faculty of Science and Engineering Our Research GRIP News and activities

Poelarends promoted to full professor

23 August 2017
Prof.dr. G.J. Poelarends
Prof.dr. G.J. Poelarends

The Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy (GRIP) proudly announces the promotion of Prof dr. G.J. (Gerrit) Poelarends to full professor by the Executive Board of our University. We congratulate him with his appointment.

Poelarends, professor of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology in the research unit Chemical and Pharmaceutical Biology of GRIP, obtained his PhD in 2001 from the University of Groningen in the field of Biochemistry. After a short postdoc in Groningen he moved to the University of Texas, Austin, USA. Since 2006 he is appointed at GRIP. Poelarend’s current research is aimed at the design and selection of novel biocatalysts and biosynthetic pathways for the production of pharmaceutically relevant products. One area of interest is the selection, characterization, and development of new biocatalysts for stereoselective reactions that lead to substituted α- and β-amino acids and other amino compounds with biologically important properties (see publication in Nature Chemistry ). Another area of interest is the development of enantioselective proline-based biocatalysts for general alkylation, Michael addition, and aldol reactions as broadly useful synthetic bond-forming methodologies for the production of pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals (see publication in Nature Communications ). He also works on the characterization and optimization of promiscuous protein functions, which will contribute to expanding knowledge of the parameters involved in natural and laboratory enzyme evolution.

In addition to various other grants, Poelarends previously has been awarded a VENI, VIDI, and VICI grant by NWO and an ERC-Starting grant as well as an ERC-Proof-of-Concept grant by the EU.

For more information:

Last modified:28 August 2017 10.17 a.m.

More news

  • 04 March 2024

    A plant-based sensor

    Every two weeks, UG Makers puts the spotlight on a researcher who has created something tangible, ranging from homemade measuring equipment for academic research to small or larger products that can change our daily lives. That is how UG...

  • 11 December 2023

    Join the 'Language and AI' community

    As a part of the Jantina Tammes School, the 'Language and AI' theme is an interdisciplinary initiative that aims to encourage collaboration among academics, PhD candidates, students, and industry representatives who share a keen interest in the...

  • 13 October 2023

    Moniek Tromp appointed Captain of Science of the Top Sector Chemistry

    Prof. Moniek Tromp has been appointed Captain of Science of the Chemistry Top Sector by the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. As from 1 July 2023, she succeeded Prof. Bert Weckhuysen from Utrecht University.